NY sues Harvey Weinstein over harassment

NY sues Harvey Weinstein over harassment

His New York attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement Sunday evening saying numerous allegations against his client are "without merit".

A group of investors led by a former official who served in president Barack Obama's administration is understood to be in advanced talks to buy The Weinstein Company.

"If the goal of the inquiry is to encourage reform throughout the film industry, Mr Weinstein will embrace the investigation". Schneiderman said at a press conference in NY that his office was told the file was missing during an investigation into Weinstein's company. "Many of the allegations relating to the Board are inaccurate and the Board looks forward to bringing the facts to light as part of its ongoing commitment to resolve this hard situation in the most appropriate way".

Schneiderman says any sale of the company "must ensure that victims will be compensated" and that employees will be protected. "If the goal however is to scapegoat Mr. Weinstein, he will vigorously defend himself".

Schneiderman said he believed the potential purchasers of the firm would now take into account "the facts we have alleged and now understand they have more on their hands than they initially realized". "If I were trying to purchase the assets of the company, I would want to negotiate a settlement of this complaint as part of the deal".

"We obtained a form of Mr. Weinstein's personnel file; we were told that the physical personnel file had gone missing, which is another issue of concern to us", Schneiderman said.

Harvey Weinstein's board of directors were culpable in his years of sexual harassment and bullying against women, the state attorney general contended Monday, and he's pushing back against any plans to give them more power in the future. The offer was for $500m including an assumption of $225m of debt, according to a source close to the deal. He and his brother, Robert, still own a large chunk of the company. David Glasser was lined up as chief executive, according to Variety - a proposal Mr Schneiderman called unacceptable.

Harvey Weinstein was ousted from his company in October.

What do you think of Schneiderman's case against TWC? "I don't know the number of complaints, but there were certainly dozens of formal complaints and many more informal complaints over the years".

The attorney general said the Weinstein Xompany has repeatedly turned a blind eye to its co-founder's sexual misconduct.

"As of yesterday there was no deal that would have met these standards", Schneiderman said.

The New York state attorney's office said that despite multiple complaints to the human resources department, there was no meaningful investigation or relief for victims, or consequences for Weinstein.

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